Author: Stephanie Strachan
Published: July 21, 2015
Reading time: 1 minute
This article is 7 years old.
Read our disclaimer keyboard_arrow_down
This website content is intended as a general guide to law as it applies to the motor trade. Lawgistics has taken every effort to ensure that the contents are as accurate and up to date as at the date of first publication.
The laws and opinions expressed within this website may be varied as the law develops. As such we cannot accept liability for or the consequence of, any change of law, or official guidelines since publication or any misuse of the information provided.
The opinions in this website are based upon the experience of the authors and it must be recognised that only the courts and recognised tribunals can interpret the law with authority.
Examples given within the website are based on the experience of the authors and centre upon issues that commonly give rise to disputes. Each situation in practice will be different and may comprise several points commented upon.
If you have any doubt about the correct legal position you should seek further legal advice from Lawgistics or a suitably qualified solicitor. We cannot accept liability for your failure to take professional advice where it should reasonably be sought by a prudent person.
All characters are fictitious and should not be taken as referring to any person living or dead.
Use of this website shall be considered acceptance of the terms of the disclaimer presented above.
We are told by many of our clients that they find it easy to advertise cars for sale via Autotrader but we have recently been dealing with a number of issues arising from such advertisements.
When you enter a vehicles details on to the site take great time and caution when checking the smaller details are correct. Usually Autotrader ‘auto fill’ these in for you automatically, which is great and saves time, however, make sure the actual vehicle you are selling does not differ from the manufacturers specifications that Autotrader generally use.
It could be something as small as the wrong glass, the wrong key or the wrong sound system advertised but it could leave you open and vulnerable to misdescription allegations which could be expensive and you really don’t want.
All is not lost if something is wrongly advertised you can take steps to rectify the error in most cases. However, it will save you time and energy in the future if you carefully check all of the vehicles details before uploading the advertisement on to the site. It will also mean you don’t have Trading Standards knocking on your door with misdescription charges!